Earthquake Mw 6.3 in Iran on February 22nd, 2005 at 02:25 UTC
Major Active Faults of Iran
(from International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, Tehran)
More information on
- BHRC web site
Report from Hossein Mirzaei (Building and Housing Research Center (BHRC)) in Iran:
On Feb. 22, 2005 at 02:25:26 (UTC) a destructive earthquake (Mw 6.2 NEIC) occurred east of Zarand city in Kerman province, SE Iran. Iran Strong Motion Network (ISMN) was recorded by 27 set of SSA-2 digital accelerographs. The maximum peak ground acceleration as much as 0.510g was recorded at the Shirinrud dam* (Free field station). The dam is under construction. The epicenter of the earthquake has been located at 30.804N, 56.746E (BHRC), 30.79N, 56.90E (IGTU) and 30.75N, 56.80E (NEIC), 30.73N, 56.79E (EMSC).
* The Shirinrud station is located approximately 27 km from the epicenter.
- Peak ground acceleration at BHRC stations (6 new SSA2 accelerographs have been installed near the epicenter)
- International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology of Iran
- University of Tehran
- Special page of BRGM (in French)
- Waveform data available at ORFEUS
- BBC News Feb. 23rd 08:00 GMT:
- Tehran - A strong earthquake hit southeast Iran on Tuesday, killing almost 420 people, injuring about 900 and destroying villages, a local official told Reuters.
- The quake was centred on the town of Zarand in Kerman province, about 700km south-east of Tehran.
- The authorities say up to 70% of the buildings in six villages around Zarand have been damaged or destroyed.
- While villages were razed, major settlements in the area appeared to have escaped heavy damage so the toll would not be as high as the many thousands killed in some past quakes in Iran of a similar strength, officials said.
- "Figures we have show that in the early hours more than 1 000 were injured and almost 400 killed," said Ali Komsari, a spokesperson for the Kerman provincial governor's office.
- "We are expecting the death toll to rise," Ali Sharifi, head of Kerman's medical university, told radio.
- The head of Kerman Natural Disaster Headquarters, Mohsen Salehi, was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying destruction in five villages was between 20 and 70 percent.
- The tremor, which struck at 5:55 a.m., evoked memories of the devastating earthquake which hit the desert citadel city of Bam, about 160 miles southeast of Zarand in December 2003.
- The pre-dawn Bam quake, which had a magnitude of 6.7, flattened the city, killing some 31,000 people.
- Criss-crossed by several major fault lines, Iran is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world, natural disaster experts say.
- But damage in major urban centers on Tuesday was light.
- "In Zarand and Kerman only some walls have collapsed and there were no casualties," Interior Ministry spokesman Jahanbakhsh Khanjani said.
- Kerman Governor Mohammad Ali Karimi told television that aid groups had been sent to the villages but he had not yet asked for any help from other provinces.
- No major oil or gas production facilities are located in the affected area in OPEC's second largest oil producer.